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3 young men connected to Bristol burglary now charged with robbery in Northfield

NORTHFIELD — Police have charged the same three men who allegedly attempted to burglarize a home in Bristol with conspiracy to commit armed robbery for allegedly confronting a man who was walking to work — holding a gun to his head, and taking his wallet.

The victim was able to give police a description of the three alleged assailants.

The three, identified as Chance Griffin, 20, of Winchester, Jeremy Jewell, 20, of Laconia, and Edward Esty, 18, of Northfield, were all arraigned yesterday in the 6th Circuit Court, Franklin Division.

Police also recovered items that had been reported stolen from the Northfield victim as well as items from two other incidents.

All were held on $20,000 cash bail.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 March 2014 12:45

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Gilford & Belmont middle school math teams shine at regional competition

PLYMOUTH — Following their first and second place finishes in the MATHCOUNTS regional competition earlier, teams from Gilford Middle School and Belmont Middle School competed for the state title over the weekend at Plymouth State University.

In addition, the first four individuals in the regional tournament — Connor Leggett of Gilford, Grace Shaw of Belmont, Chris Weimann of Gilford and Thomas Bastis pof Laconia — will vie for individual honors.today

Begun in 1983, MATHCOUNTS is a competitive program designed to encourage and reward achievement in mathematics by middle school students.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 March 2014 12:28

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Laconia residents asked to take Budget Survey that details where their tax dollars are spent

LACONIA — As he wrestles with constructing the 2014-2015 city budget, City Manager Scott Myers has invited residents to lend a hand by offering their opinions about how their tax dollars should be spent.

Although the City Council holds a number of meetings with department heads as well as a public hearing on the budget, relatively few people are able to spend their evenings at City Hall. While the public is always welcome when the council tackles the budget, what Myers calls the Budget Survey provides residents an opportunity to express their views and state their priorities early in the process of preparing the budget.

The survey is posted on the city's website — www.city.laconia.nh.us — as well as at the City Clerk's office, Laconia Public Library and Community Center. It asks residents to score the importance of 10 municipal departments and services on a six-point scale, with 1 the highest priority and 6 the lowest, and to indicate whether the city is spending too little, too much or just enough on each. The survey period lasts through the end of the month.

The results of the survey will be posted on the city's website and published in its newsletter, "Laconia Links."

Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 March 2014 12:25

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E.M. Heath pays for Center Harbor 'cop cards'

CENTER HARBOR — The owners of E.M. Heath, Inc. have donated "Cop Cards" to the Police Department as part of a community effort to facilitate the relationship the police have with the local youths in town.

The cards, have a picture, a biography and a personal message from each of the officers and the administrator.

Sgt. Scott Weiss said the children in town love them and often send letters to the department asking for them.

He said the police will put together packages with patches and other small police tokens along with the cards and send them back to the children.

E.M. Heath Manager Dave Petell said the company likes giving back to the community and really appreciates all of the work the police do for the youths in town. He said he sees a lot of children especially during the summer because E.M. Heath's businesses are so close to the beach and the basketball courts.

CUTLINE (Center Harbor Cop Cards) E.M. Heath, Inc. manager Dave Petell and Center Harbor Police Sgt. Scott Weiss show off the new "cop cards" the company purchased for the police department. (Laconia Daily Sun photo/Gail Ober)

Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 March 2014 12:17

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